Southeast Asia: The Trip of a Lifetime, Part 1: Round the World & Singapore

23 April, 2012

I just got back from the most amazing trip of my life – two weeks in Southeast Asia celebrating my brother Jamie’s wedding to a wonderful, amazing Javanese woman named Yulia. I set off on the first of April from Washington Dulles airport. I spent the next six hours mostly trying to avoid getting jabbed in the ribs by my neighbor’s elbow and thinking about how soon I would get to see my long-lost brother. When I got to San Francisco, I joined up with my parents (my brother’s father Ray and step-mother Pat) and we got our boarding passes for Singapore Airlines. Our flight wasn’t until after midnight, so we spent some time in the airport catching up.

On the plane, we were impressed with everything about Singapore Airlines – the seats, which are roomier than we’re used to on domestic flights in the US; the flight attendants uniforms and demeanor; the hot towels; the ridiculously good food; the in-flight entertainment. I highly recommend using Singapore Air if you get the chance. Although I wasn’t really able to sleep, I was at least somewhat comfortable and enjoyed watching Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in my sleep-deprived state.

Singapore Skyline

Once in Singapore, we joined up with my brother’s mother Ann, step-father Joe, and brother Jason. The six of us spent a day and a half enjoying great food, drinks, modern architecture, Buddhist temples, Little India, Chinatown, many and varied species of orchids at the botanical gardens, and a sunset harbor cruise which gave us a great view of the Singapore skyline. (For more on our adventures in – and more pictures of – Singapore, be sure to read my parents’ blog entry here.)

Orchids in the Botanical Garden.

My mom (Pat), Ann, and I even had time to go to the spa and have a fish spa treatment and pedicures!ย The little fish felt like tiny little bubbles all over my feet. The larger ones tickled so much, we actually laughed out loud!

At the fish spa: Pat, me, Ann.

To be continued…

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  • Reply ShelNo Gravatar 23 April, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time! Can’t wait to hear more. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply cloverdewNo Gravatar 23 April, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Shel. Will definitely be writing a few more installments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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